Jan 20, 2014

A Spot of Sunshine

Photo of the Day
With the weather being so sunny and bright outside, I thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk around our apartment complex today.  A spot of sunshine really does help drive away the blues, and apparently I amn't the only one who thinks so :P

Jan 17, 2014

Today's Makeup: Smokey Eyes and Coral Lips

Today's Makeup - Purple Smokey Eyes - Coral Lips - Easy Tutorial
Today's Makeup:  Smokey Eyes - Coral Lips

It's been a dull week so far - lot's of work, the pesky flu that's been going around which I have been doing my best to stay safe from, and the weather hasn't been that great either.  It is the perfect time for a darker smokey eye, though, and today's makeup is just that.  A dark greyish-purple smokey eye that I have paired with a coral lip.  Here's how to do this easy smokey eye makeup look.

Jan 13, 2014

Today's Makeup: Easy Neutral Wear-to-Work Makeup with Warm Browns

Easy Everyday Neutral Work Office Makeup with Warm Browns MAC Eyeshadows - Photos Tutorial
An easy neutral work-appropriate makeup look using MAC eyeshadows.
(Brown Script, Coppering, Typographic)

I don't really go to work anywhere - I work from home now - but when I did go to office some years back, I would barely get the time to put on a clean outfit! I assume most people are like me, though, and don't really have the time to follow a complicated makeup routine.  Apart from the lack of time required for more elaborate makeup looks, there's also the fact that a lot of people just prefer simple, neutral makeup looks for offices.  The makeup look I have tried on today is as simple as can be and uses neutral warm tones.  Also, I bought a bunch of MAC eyeshadows recently, and I am dying to show you all my new favorite eyeshadows :D  Scroll on for more photos (lots of them - and I have kept the writing to a minimum).

Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner

Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner Review
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo ($13) and Conditioner ($16) 
Product provided for review.

Carol's Daughter is quite a popular haircare brand among those looking for natural hair care or for hair that's going through some rehab after harsh treatments like coloring and straightening.  I do color my hair quite often (pesky greys!), and my hair goes through a bit of heat abuse with blow drying.  Plus, I have naturally frizz-prone, crazy hair, so I figured Carol's Daughter just might be what my hair needs.  I haven't had much luck with their products, though, so far, but when I got the Black Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo-Conditioner to try out, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give these a try.

Perfume Sampler Reviews: Marc Jacobs Dot and Honey Eau de Parfum

Perfume Sampler Reviews  Marc Jacobs Dot Honey Eau de Parfum
Marc Jacobs Dot and Honey Eau de Parfum

Marc Jacobs perfumes are some of my favorites, and I think the reason I like them so much - apart from the fact that they smell pretty darn good - is that that they come in super-adorable packaging.  I own two Marc Jacobs perfumes - Oh, Lola! and Daisy - and some day, when I have a lot of space to properly store everything I would probably buy all the rest of them too :D  For today, here's a review of two lovely fragrances from Marc Jacobs - Dot and Honey.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

LOccitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Review
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This super-creamy balm penetrates the skin quickly to protect, moisturize, and replenish dehydrated hands.  The formula is enriched with 20 percent shea butter and other naturally nourishing ingredients like honey, almond, grape seed, and coconut oil for soft, beautiful skin.

Despite all the ooh-aaah's and rave reviews I see on L'Occitane products, I have never really gotten around to trying much from this brand.  I am just not sure why!  I have tried a few of their body/skincare products, though, and I was impressed enough with the L'Occitane Pure Shea Butter to go ahead and pick up the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

Jan 12, 2014

Maybelline Lip Polish Glam2

Maybelline India Lip Polish Glam 2 Lip Gloss - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Maybelline Lip Polish in Glam 2 (details on other shades HERE) - Rs. 450 
Product provided for review.

Maybelline Lip Polish is another new release from Maybelline India, and this is the other product that I got a chance to try out.  These are lip glosses, creamy and quite pigmented by usual gloss standards, and quite moisturizing too.  The packaging is a classy see-through tube and comes with a flocked applicator that does a great job of a precise appliction.  The color that I got to try is Maybelline India's Lip Polish in Glam2.  It's a beautiful deep coral that would look amazing on any skin tone.  Scroll on for photos, swatches, and more.

Burberry Beauty Sheer Eyeshadows Swatches

Burberry Eyeshadow Swatches
Burberry Beauty Sheer Eyeshadows ($29 each)

Experience natural and earthy tones reminiscent of the English countryside and adaptable to all skin tones.  Color selection captures the ease and versatility of the collection and ranges from classic trench coat-inspired shades to smoky metals.  The innovative composition reconciles comfort with long-lasting wear.  Light, yet creamy, this performing powder offers optimal adherence.  Ensures a smooth application and flawless color fidelity throughout the day, from the most natural look to the most sophisticated finish.

Here's a look at some swatches on my darker Indian skin.

Jan 11, 2014

DHC Skincare: Olive Virgin Oil Moisturizer

 Bursting with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, Olive Virgin Oil contains 100% certified organic Flor de Aceite, one of the purest forms of olive oil available. It has a superior ability to moisturize and soften skin and to help you achieve a remarkably healthier complexion. Its unique hydrophilic properties allow it to form a protective moisture barrier against irritants without clogging pores. Warm a couple of drops between your palms, gently press onto your face, and let the revitalization begin.

DHC Skincare Olive Virgin Oil Face Body Moisturizer - Review
DHC Skincare Olive Virgin Oil (available HERE) - $42
Product provided for review.

Burberry Nail Color: No. 415 Pale Yellow

I was chatting with someone from work today, and she was telling me about how depressing the weather has been in her place - tornado warning that fortunately turned out to be just a warning but definitely very cold and rainy.  Listening to her made me realize just how much of a non-winter we have been having here in California.  It's grey and cloudy today, but for the most part, it's been bright and sunny. While I might mope about not getting to use my boots and my lone winter jacket, I have to admit the weather does make me look a little less cuckoo when I try out spring/summer makeup like the Burberry nail polish in Pale Yellow (No. 415).

Burberry Nail Polish - No 415 Pale Yellow - Swatches NOTD Review Photos - Spring Summer 2014
Burberry Nail Polish - Pale Yellow No. 415

Jan 10, 2014

Gucci Premiere Eau de Parfum

Inspired by the beautiful gowns from the Gucci Première couture collection show at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this collection celebrates the star in every woman.  Grace sits with attitude, beauty with power.  Just as a leading lady graces the red carpet with her couture Gucci gown, every woman deserves her Gucci Première moment.

Gucci Premiere Eau de Parfum Fragrance - Perfume Review
Gucci Premiere Eau de Parfum ($25-$87) 
Notes:  Bergamot, Orange Blossom, White Flower, Musk, Leather, Wood.
Style:  Beautiful. Powerful. Sensual.

Double Cleansing: How To Properly Clean Your Face without Drying it Out

If you have oily, acne-prone skin, skincare can tend to be a bit of an obsession, and even something as basic as taking off makeup at the end of the day can make a huge difference.  I don't use a lot of products, but there's always sunscreen, foundation, etc., and using an oil-based cleanser helps get all of it out better than foaming cleansers.  Easy solution, except that leaves oily residue on my face and just causes more acne.  And that's why I do something called "double cleansing."  This is apparently a method followed routinely as part of Japanese skincare, and I discovered it quite recently.  It's really simple and effective!

Japanese Skincare Tip Oily Skincare Makeup Removal - Double Facial Cleansing Method
Quick Skincare Tip - Facial Cleansing with Double Cleansing Method

As is obvious from the name, double-cleansing involves using 2 different cleansers - an oil-based cleanser first and then follow through with a foaming cleanser and a hydrating toner.

Maybelline India 36-Hour Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (Black)

Maybelline India Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (36 Hours) - Only our oil-free formula can hold highly concentrated pigments in a clear gel base so color is more intense and lines resist wear for hours.  Smudge-proof and waterproof, the most most intense line for lasting drama.

Maybelline India Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Black 36 Hours - Review Photos Swatch Makeup Looks FOTD
Maybelline India's 36-Hour EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black (Rs. 450) - Available HERE
Product provided for review.

A basic black eyeliner is a must-have for me, and the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner has been one of my most-used makeup products, so I was quite happy to get a chance to try out Maybelline India's recently launched 36-Hour Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black.  This is the reformulated/improved version of the 12-Hour eyeliner that came in a round pot.  This newer version promises up to 36 hours of long-lasting color.  It also comes in a lighter (plastic) pot, and like the older version, this too comes with a fabulous eyeliner brush.  Scroll on for more photos.

Jan 5, 2014

MAC Prolongwear Lipsticks - Swatches

MAC Prolongwear Lipsticks - Swatches

Lightweight texture, creamy finish and comfortable longwear combine in this has-it-all pro-class lip colour.  Slick in use, applies without need of a top coat- and still lasts up to 12 hours.  Won't feather or transfer, and the colour stays true.  Helps lips stay soft and hydrated.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks - Swatches

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks - Swatches
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks ($17)

Combining the colour impact of a Lipstick with the shine sheen of a Lipglass, Sheen Supreme creates the perfect hybrid - with no compromise. Lightweight, non-sticky, slick to apply and comfortable to wear. This is a must-have for all those who have craved this kind of fusion.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour - Swatches

When it comes to gorgeous lips, don't compromise shine for colour. You can have it all in a new formula inspired by Asian trends, hugging your lips in 12 hues that stay bright and luminous for up to six hours. Featuring an array of creamy emollients, Huggable Lipcolour provides a lasting, glossy finish that leaves lips smooth and sculpted.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour Lipsticks - Swatches
MAC Huggable Lipcolour - Lipsticks ($20)

Jan 2, 2014

Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil

A gentle cleansing oil for theface and eye area, Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil preserves the skin’s natural hydration for outstanding cleansing results and is suitable for all skin types.  Even though it’s an oil, it leaves no greasy residue.  Formulated with Pure Lily Extract, which is present in Dior’s Instant Cleansing Water, it helps inhibit skin inflammation, leaving the skin looking soft and supple.

Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil Review